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Two arrested over kidnap of couple in Ogun



Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command have arrested two suspected kidnappers of couple in Bisodun village in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of the state.

The police spokesperson in the state, SP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

The suspected kidnappers had reportedly invaded the Community on Tuesday and abducted a couple, Mr and Mrs Ojo.

Oyeyemi added that the suspects – Mohammed Bello and Mohammed Bashiru were arrested following a distress call received from the people of the village at about 8pm.

He said that the villagers told the police that  kidnappers invaded the community and abdcuted the couple.

The PPRO  in the statement said, “Two suspected kidnappers were on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, arrested by operatives of Ogun state police command and two kidnapped victims were rescued from them.

“Upon the distress call, the DPO Owode Egba division, CSP Olasunkanmi Popoola raced to the scene where he met the local hunters who have already mobilised in large number to confront the kidnappers.

“The policemen, together with the hunters stormed the forest in search of the kidnappers and the victims.

“While combing the bush, the kidnappers suddenly opened fire on the rescue team which the security men responded to, but one of the hunters was unfortunately hit by the bullet.

“Having been overwhelmed by the firing from the police and the hunters, the kidnappers abandoned the victims and ran for cover.

“The abducted victims and the injured hunter were quickly rushed to the hospital but, the hunter, Adebare Ramoni, gave up the ghost while receiving treatment.”

The PPRO said that the villagers alerted the police the following morning that  the suspects were sighted somewhere in the bush, consequent upon which the Area commander  led teams of policemen to the scene.

He said that the police  together with hunters  stormed the bush and successfully apprehended two amongst the kidnappers.

He added that “the two arrested suspects have been identified by the victims as members of the gang who abducted them.”

Oyeyemi, however, said the Commissioner of Police, Frank Mba, commended the local hunters for their support.

He added that Mba has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects to the anti-kidnapping unit of the State Criminal Investigation Departments for discreet investigation.

He said, “The CP also sympathised with the family of the deceased hunters and prayed that God will give them the fortitude to bear the unfortunate death.”


Navy acquires 12 UAVs to improve fight against maritime crime



The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, on Friday,  said that the Nigerian Navy had acquired 12 Comstrac System Ovation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to improve the fight against maritime crime.

Ogalla made this known at the commissioning ceremony of the UAVs and the adoption of the revised Local Operating Procedure and Local Training Order, held at the Naval Air Base, Ojo, Lagos.

The CNS was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Rear Adm. Zakariyyah Muhammed.

Ogalla said that the surveillance UAVs would complement the already existing air assets of the Nigerian Navy, while supporting the surface ships and maritime domain awareness platforms.

“In an era where the nature of warfare is evolving rapidly, embracing cutting-edge technologies becomes imperative for enhancing our national security.

“These UAVs, with their advanced capabilities and versatility, will undoubtedly enhance our naval surveillance for furtherance of strategic capabilities.

“I have no doubt that this will rejig the Nigerian Navy towards better service delivery in the maritime domain of our dear country,” he said.

The CNS added that the Navy was expecting five more helicopters within the forst quarter of 2024 which would enhance its maritime capabilities.

“This will make safer waters for both local and international maritime trade,” he said.

Ogalla commended the Western Naval Command for innovative and dogged efforts toward maintaining credible maritime presence and curtailing criminalities in its area of operations.

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Gov. Radda suspends school principal for alledged sexual scandal



Gov. Dikko Radda of Katsina State has directed for immediate suspension of a staff of Ministry of Education in the state for alleged sexual harassment of a female student.
The directive is contained in a statement issued by the Director Press, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Abdullahi Aliyu-Yar’adua, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Katsina.
The statement said, “Gov Dikko Radda has received a report of alleged sexual harassment against one Lawal Ibrahim, now a staff of the Ministry of Education.
It said Ibrahim was the then Principal of Government Day Secondary School, Dantankari, Dandume Local Government area.
“In consequence therefore, the governor directed the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education to immediately suspend Lawal Ibrahim and investigate the allegation with dispatch.
“Take appropriate action and report back to the governor.”
The statement further directed the Commissioner of Police to investigate the allegation.
“The Commissioner of Police should investigate the allegation, and to also investigate the Divisional Police Officer, Dandume, for compromise on the matter, and report back to the governor,” the statement said.
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Ogun Govt. places N50m bounty on killers of Oyekanmi, Finance Director



The Ogun Government has announced a reward of N50 million for any information that could lead to the arrest of the killers of Director of Finance and Administration (DFA) attached to Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s office, Mr. Taiwo Oyekanmi .

Mr Tokunbo Talabi, the Secretary to the State Government, announced the reward in a statement in Abeokuta on Friday.

According to the statement, Information provided would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

” Such information can be sent to the underlisted telephone numbers:
08032136765. ”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that suspected armed robbers on Nov. 29 shot dead Oyekanmi, and carted away government funds.

Oyekanmi had cashed an undisclosed amount of money from a branch of Fidelity bank in Abeokuta, and was heading back to the office when he was waylaid by the gunmen.

According to source, the gunmen, about five of them, shot the accountant dead at Kuto bridge in Abeokuta and went away with the government’s money.

It was gathered that Oyekanmi and other aides who sustained gunshot injuries during the attacks, were rushed to the State General Hospital, Ijaye, where the accountant later died.

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